State Rep. Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) predicts constitutional carry will be passed in the upcoming 2022 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.
Constitutional carry supporters advocate that exercising the right to bear arms under Second Amendment should have minimal state government interference.
Sorrell, a candidate for state auditor in 2022, made his call Thursday during an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show.”
“It’s looking really good,” he said. “I’m going to make a bold prediction. I’m going to predict that constitutional carry passes this year. And I think it passes a strong bill. I don’t think it is going to get watered down. I’ve done so much work laying the groundwork for this bill alongside others. I know [State Rep.] Shane Stringer has been a strong supporter of the constitutional carry effort. And we’re going to get it done this year.”
“I’ll tell you what makes me so confident,” Sorrell continued. “My first year, I carried constitutional carry, a lot of members of the legislature were laughing. They were chuckling when I said I was going to carry this bill. And I only had five co-sponsors, maybe six. Fast-forward to this year, Jeff, I’m going to have 40 co-sponsors on my bill this year, and that includes Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Pro-tem Victor Gaston, that includes Education Trust Fund chairman Danny Garrett. It includes caucus vice-chair Connie Rowe. All of them have put their John Hancock this year. The mood amongst the caucus is, ‘Yes, let’s get this bill passed. It’s the right time. Our voters want this. Our base demands it. Let’s get it done this year.'”
Sorrell also has the support of Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who recently announced his support on social media.
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.